Oh, Snap! Reid orders Dems to Shut Up Cornyn -- and all Republicans!
Sen. John Cornyn was some kind of ticked off yesterday -- there he was asking for additional time to speak when - gasp - the only senator in the chamber, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who was the presiding officer, objected. No one remembers that ever happening and a few minutes later, a still ticked off Cornyn tried again. And Begich objected - again! When Cornyn pointed out the obvious, that no one else was waiting to speak, Begich relented.
Well, another major league ticked off senator, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.V., tired of GOP delaying tactics on the health care reform bill -- sitting through the reading of Sen. Bernie Sanders', I-Vt. amendment stands out -- ordered the presiding officers, who are Democrats, to block any move by Republicans, however routine, to use more Senate time.
The same thing happened to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who has been a thorn in the side of Democrats on health care, who was objected down by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., when he was the presiding officer. Lieberman actually laughed. An incensed Sen. John McCain said he's never seen anything like it - Sen. Carl Levin,D-Mich., said, oh, yeah, it happened to Cornyn.
Reid told members they get 10 minutes, and 10 minutes it is!
-- Maria Recio